[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/06/art.mccainva.cnn.jpg caption="McCain's ad 'Trust' goes after Romney for his past statements on Ronald Reagan. "]WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's campaign has begun rotating three television ads in the February 12 state of Virginia, CNN has learned.
The ads - "Trust," "True Conservative" and "Never Surrender" - have all run in early voting and Super Tuesday states. Virginia's GOP primary is an open one, meaning Democrats and Independents can also cast votes, a factor that could benefit McCain. There are 63 winner-take-all delegates at stake.
McCain and Barack Obama are the only presidential candidates currently running TV spots in Virginia.
- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
Romney said Tuesday night his campaign will go on. (Photo credit: AP)
(CNN) - Mitt Romney and top aides and advisers plan to huddle Wednesday to discuss the future of his campaign, including whether to launch an advertising buy in upcoming primary states.
Romney vowed late Tuesday to press on, though top advisers acknowledged the delegate match was daunting.
"It is tough to saddle up this AM," said one top Romney adviser who spoke only on condition of anonymity.
Romney has poured more than $35 million of his personal fortune into the campaign, and after a rough Super Tuesday faces a decision of whether to spend more. Several advisers said there was a plan, in place before the Tuesday votes were counted, to begin advertising in the Washington, DC and Baltimore markets. Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia hold primaries next Tuesday.
"As of early this AM it was a go," said one of the campaign sources. "We can do the math but there are still openings," said another.
The official agenda for the meeting was discussion strategy though the March 4 GOP contests. Romney has no public events scheduled and aides say there are, at the moment, no plans for any public statement. An address to a major conservative gathering in Washington is planned for Thursday; McCain is also addressing the group.
Related: Watch Romney's campaign press secretary discuss his Super Tuesday performance
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/06/art.bobgreene.cnn.jpg caption=" Wolf Blitzer goes over the Super Tuesday results. "]ABOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS IN FULLERTON, California - What does the morning after feel like?
In this case, it feels like November.
After all the debates, all the acrimony, all the travel and all the fatigue, the so-called Super Tuesday is at last history - and now it is setting in that, as we all should have known all along, the finish line was a mirage.
Out in the western part of Utah, where the highway feels as lonely as a half-remembered Gene Pitney heartbreak ballad, there is a place where you can stand on the surface of the salt flats late at night and, if the moon is right, you can almost swear that there is a large white wall looming about two hundred yards away.
There is no wall. It’s an illusion. Because the salt flats stretch to just about forever, and because the human eye does not readily take in the concept of forever, the wall that isn’t there rises to give the false yet comforting impression that, somewhere where you can touch it, there is an end point. But if you walk toward the wall, by the time you approach it you find that it is gone.
So it is with Tuesday’s primary elections. Even if the results had been starkly definitive - even if there had been only one candidate per party left standing as the sun came up Wednesday - the wall, the elusive end point, would have packed up before dawn and moved a little farther down the line.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/06/art.obamavictory.ap.jpg caption=" Obama called the Super Tuesday results a 'big victory' Wednesday."] CHICAGO (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that the Super Tuesday primaries were a "big victory" for his campaign, and he is looking forward to the remaining contests in various states across the country.
"I believe that we had an extraordinary night, it was a big victory for our campaign," Obama told reporters in Chicago before heading back to Washington to vote on the Senate's version of the economic stimulus bill.
The senator from Illinois got one less delegate - 539 - than rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, who took 540. There were 1,681 Democratic delegates at stake in the primaries and conventions in 22 states and U.S. territories.
Obama noted the record turnouts in several states and said his campaign is building a coalition for change that he predicted would go all the way to the White House.
CNN's overall count showed Clinton leading at this point in delegates with 783 to Obama's 709. They'll need 2,025 to secure their party's nomination.
Related: Watch Obama's post Super Tuesday reflection
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/06/super.dems/art.clintonpoint.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. Hillary Clinton celebrates with her supporters Tuesday night in New York."](CNN) - With Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton almost even in delegate counts, the two Democratic presidential candidates will focus on several weekend contests and then a trio of primaries in the Washington area next Tuesday.
Super Tuesday delivered a split decision for the Democrats. CNN estimates showed Clinton earned a handful more delegates than Obama, who surprised observers by taking states where the senator from New York had large polling leads until recently.
The latest estimate gave Clinton 582 of the 1,681 delegates at stake Tuesday, compared with 562 for Obama. It will take time to determine the final distribution because of complicated formulas.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/06/super.analysis/art.2300.mccain.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. John McCain has started to build an almost insurmountable lead in the GOP presidential race.."](CNN) - Super Tuesday positioned Sen. John McCain as the clear Republican front-runner, while a split decision in the Democratic race may eventually help Sen. Barack Obama, according to CNN's political analysts.
McCain extended his lead in the GOP race with impressive coast-to-coast wins from New York to California, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee carried states in the South. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won seven races, including his home state of Massachusetts.
"I think we did achieve clarity. John McCain will be the Republican nominee," CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin said. "Mike Huckabee did better than a lot expected. If you look at the delegates, there is no way either Huckabee or Romney can catch up. I think we did learn that much."
(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton can thank Latino and Asian voters for her projected victory in California. Early exit polls indicate that Sen. Barack Obama carried white voters in California because of his overwhelming support among white men. White women, as in other states, more often supported Clinton. Black voters overwhelmingly favored Obama but Asian voters, whose numbers are comparable to blacks, went overwhelmingly for Clinton. The deciding factor may have been Latinos, who make up roughly 30 percent of California's Democratic vote. They went for Clinton by a two-to-one margin.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, exit polls show Latino and Asian Republicans may also have played an important part in John McCain's victory in the GOP primary. Mitt Romney led among white Republican voters but McCain led among Latinos and Asians, the second- and third-largest voting blocs behind whites among California Republicans.
Related: CNN Analysts say Super Tuesday didn't distinguish Democratic candidates
The race goes on...
NEW YORK (CNN) - Months ago, “Super Tuesday” was supposed to be the finish line in the race for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations. With the dust still settling, it looks more like the halfway point for Democrats – and the Republican contest may not have entered the home stretch either.
Most of the candidates have reason to wake up with smiles on their faces this morning. John McCain, who won California and New York, cemented his status as the GOP frontrunner; Mike Huckabee swept four Southern states on a shoestring budget; Hillary Clinton strung together wins from the Northeast to the South and capped it off with a win in California; Barack Obama walked away with more than a dozen wins. Only Mitt Romney found little consolation in last night’s results.
For full coverage of the biggest primary night in U.S. history, check out the CNN Political Ticker and CNNPolitics.com.
Here’s a few highlights from the night that was:
Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau
Washington Post: Party Rules Help McCain, Roil Race for Democrats
By winning delegate-rich states such as New York, Sen. John McCain attained a solid lead over his rivals yesterday but must continue to accumulate victories this month and in March to secure the Republican presidential nomination. After competing victories in multiple states by each of the two remaining Democratic candidates, however, the Democratic nomination contest remained muddled. Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton each won substantial new delegates due to the party's rule apportioning them according to the vote.
Washington Post: Democrats' Votes Display a Racial Divide
Yesterday's primary voting laid bare a profound racial and ethnic divide among Democratic voters, with African Americans overwhelmingly preferring Sen. Barack Obama, while Latinos largely favored Sen. Hillary Clinton.
LA Times: With No Losers, The Fight Goes On
Not long ago, political strategists viewed Super Tuesday as a day that would likely crown the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, a 24-state extravaganza that would bring the long primary campaign to an orderly conclusion. They were wrong. Instead of producing nominees, Tuesday's voting revealed the fault lines for a continuing fight within each party.
NY Times: As Romney Falters in Republican Race, Huckabee’s Drive Gathers Momentum
Even before the results were clear on Tuesday, Mitt Romney’s advisers conceded that they faced a steep climb to the nomination because of simple delegate math.
WSJ: Tight Contests Draw Big Voter Turnout
Close races in both parties appeared to have sparked intense voter interest in yesterday's polls, and turnout seemed likely to hit record numbers in many states, following unexpectedly large showings in last month's primaries.
On The Trail:
* Hillary Clinton votes on cloture on a Senate Finance Committee bill.
* John McCain holds a press availability in Phoenix.
* Barack Obama holds a media availability in Chicago and votes on cloture on a Senate Finance Committee bill.